|NETGEAR GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter
|List Price: $43.46
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NETGEAR's Gigabit PCI Adapter injects dynamic force into your home or small office desktop PC so you can transfer huge files at astonishing speeds. Whether they're video files at home, or the largest CAD or database files at work, this powerful 1000 Mbps adapter moves them up to 10 times faster than Fast Ethernet and 100 times faster than 802.11b wireless! It's designed for easy operation as it instantly connects you to other networked computers, printers, routers, network storage, and the Internet. NETGEAR's unique Smart Wizard performance dashboard lets you monitor actual speed, while 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-sensing ports speed up performance and eliminate any need for manual switching. Wide compatibility with all major operating systems, other Ethernet products, and both 3.3-volt and 5-volt PCI systems does away with potential user hassles. What's more, installation is simple in fewer than five clicks, Smart Wizard install assistant has you up and running full speed ahead.
The NETGEAR GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter provides your computer with fast 1000 Mbps performance that is up to ten times faster than Fast Ethernet and 100 times faster than 802.11b wireless.
The NETGEAR GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter offers:
- Gigabit speeds for fast data transfers.
- An auto-sensing port that eliminates manual switches.
- NETGEAR's Smart Wizard for painless installation.
Easy to Install and Use
At Gigabit speeds, even large video files are transferred quickly. View larger.
The GA311 works in both 3.3-volt and 5-volt PCI systems. NETGEAR's Smart Wizard Install Assistant gets everything up and running in minutes and the Performance Dashboard tracks your network performance.
Outstanding Performance and Unparalleled Reliability
At 1000 Mbps, even large video, CAD, and database files can be transferred over the network quickly. Since the port is autosensing, there is no need for manual switching; in addition to 1000 Mbps, the adapter will also work with 10 and 100 Mbps systems.
The adapter is compatible with 10 Mbps 10BASE-T, 20 Mbps full-duplex 10BASE-T, 100 Mbps 100BASE-TX, 200 Mbps full-duplex 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet.
NETGEAR has a renowned reputation for reliability and the GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter is backed by a 1-year warranty.
What's in the Box
GA311 Gigabit PCI adapter, installation guide, resource CD, warranty/support information card
- PCI card provides Gigabit Ethernet functionality
- Auto-sensing port eliminates need for manual switching
- Smart Wizard makes installation a breeze
- Backed by 1-year warranty
- Device measures 5.23 x 0.86 x 4.76 inches (WxHxD)
- Good speed, reliable
My on-board NIC was fried by a lightning during a thunderstorm, so I went out looking for a new NIC. I would have preferred 3Com's gigabit cards to NetGear's, but since I needed the card ASAP I rolled with NetGear.
Installation on XP is not complicated but not trivial either. The driver that they provide is not signed by Microsoft, so it may or may not be fully compatible with the system (for all who care, the Blue Screen of Death in Win2K and later versions is almost always due to faulty device drivers).
Right off the bat the card performed very well, giving me transfer speeds higher than what I previously had. The card can detect whether the network supports full duplex and turn this feature on, or alternatively it works in half duplex mode.
I will report any problems as an addendum to this review. Until then assume that the card works as expected....more info
- Problems with driver but able to download for other source
I also got the Blue Screen crash with Win2K Server, but was able to find a newer driver from the link below. The newer driver (dated 2005Mar04 versus a 2003 version from Netgear's website) seems to have support for configuring the Jumbo Frame size from 3KB to 7KB. Unfortunately I got the NETGEAR GS608 8 port switch which does not support Jumbo Frames. Throughput is still less than 100Mbps with peaks at under 200Mbps. On big file transfers and Jumbo Frame the throughput should be better, although I can't test it out for now. The low performance is probably due to context switching for CPU between kernal and user mode and the none-zero copy of buffers. Hay, for the price of about $12 a NIC it beats a regular 10/100BaseTx card.
- Does not work with Windows 2003 Server
This product does not work with Windows 2003 Server, and it doesn't call that out on the box. This is 3 or 4 years after 2003's release and they need to indicate it on the box or customers like me will bring it home and it won't work....more info
- This card works, but I'm going to return it
I bought this card for a home gigabit network, this one was going in an XP PC. I am planning to return it for 3 reasons:
- It does not have Microsoft certified drivers. That means if it conflicts with your system and causes crashes, that's your problem (and it's more likely than with certified drivers). Netgear is still selling this card, today in early Sept 2005, but the last drivers are from late 2003. There's no excuse for a large company's products to claim XP compatability these days and not have certified drivers.
- This NIC is not "native gigabit". For whatever reason, it does not run in gigabit mode until drivers are loaded. I'm used to NICs that are gigabit when they power up, well before any system software is running. Why this one doesn't, I'm not sure. That's connected to a Netgear gigabit switch.
- Unlike many NICs, it is not supported out of the box by Windows XP.
So back it goes... I'd suggest looking at the more reputable vendor like Linksys....more info
- Bought 3, works in linux
Upgraded my home file/web setup to GigE with three of these and an accompanying Netgear router. Works without any hitches. Linux support is great. Just load r8169....more info
- Blazing speed for a low price!
Wow. I bought this NETGEAR Gigabit PCI adapter, and I was amazed at the speed! I was able to transfer a full length movie (4 GB in size) in a little under a minute, and an mp3 song takes just a blink of an eye - literally a fraction of a second..
And it is only a few dollars more than a 10/100 PCI NIC that is only a tenth the speed! A great buy......more info
- Good product
Installed drivers and it worked ok on win2k and winxp computers. network speed significantly increased....more info
- There are other limitations to worry about aside from PCI
I rated it 3 stars because it does what it is supposed to do in windows. Also, Kriston was not entirely correct is his review... a PCI bus at 33MHz can transfer 133MBps (that's megabytes per second), which is yes, best case scenario. To get Mbps (megabits per second) you multiply that by eight... giving you just over 1Gbps (gigabit, not gigabyte). It real life, you won't get that much throughput, but probably not entirely because of shared bus I/O. Most hard disks cannot transfer 1Gbps sustained, which is 125MBps...(megabytes). In my experience with this card running in PCI mode, I can transfer as fast as my disk can output. PCI Xpress is better, but you'll need solid state memory to transfer that fast....more info
- Fails on Win2K Server, web has no drivers & incomplete info
Summary: The GA311 card does not function with Windows 2000 even though Netgear's utility says it does. Netgear web info is extremely sparse: no drivers, no Windows compatibility info, nothing available at all that isn't already on the provided CD. With no functional drivers and no help on their web site, I recommend NOT buying Netgear GA311 adapters.
I installed GA311 cards on 3 different Win2K Adv Servers (SP4) and while the Netgear utility reports the cards fully functional, they fail to send or receive data on both existing 10/100 and 10/100/1000 LANs. Localhost loopback tests work (i.e. IP 127.0.0.1), but the GA311's can't communicate through their network jacks at all. I even used a LAN sniffer to confirm that the GA311's are NOT transmitting data even though the Netgear utility says they ARE sending data.
On the Netgear site, there are no drivers, only 2 pdf docs (included on the CD), and the only download is the initial firmware release which is totally useless because there is no other firmware to install (the only reason why you'd want the initial releae). On Netgear's operating system compatibility page, http://kbserver.netgear.com/kb_web_files/n101252.asp, the section for the GA311 is totally blank, indicating that the company's support people don't even have any info on their own product.
I've never had a problem with Netgear products and use them frequently. However, the GA311 card is a total bomb regarding Windows 2000. With a severe lack of support on the Netgear web site, I'd be leery of buying this card.
Personal note: I build & maintain Windows networks for a living. In 20 years, I've never seen a commercial network product with such incomplete company support. I am very surprised as the many other Netgear products I've installed have worked flawlessly....more info
- no driver support for Windows Server 2003
I purchased two of these NICs; one for a Windows 2003 Server and the other for a Vista workstation. Although there's support for Vista, there is no driver support for Windows 2003 Server. Sometimes Windows 2000 drivers work on Windows 2003 Server, but I opted not to make a testing activity out of my purchase. I've since checked the Microsoft HCL; returned the Netgear GA311 and purchased a NIC that's on the list from Amazon. RMA process with Amazon was very easy....more info
- Low performance on Linux
First I must mention that the package or manual does not say this card supports Linux, but it's using Realtek 8169 chipset which driver 'r8169' is already in kernel 2.4 or 2.6, I downloaded the latest 'r1000' and still couldn't get anything higher than 80Mbps under kernel 2.4.20. Some users reported on newsgroup for this known performance issue on Linux, and one was able to crank it up to 240Mbps running a 3.2GHz AMD system. Since this card is not meant to support Linux and I haven't tried it on Windows I would give it a 2 stars to be fair....more info
- Netgear GA 311
NETGEAR GA311 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Adapter
I purchased three Netgear GA311s and installed them in XP computers. Only one of the three works at above 100mps. Netgear has such confusing support, I decided it wasn't worth the frustration to try to solve the problem.
I will not buy Netgear products in the future because of the support difficulties....more info
- Not Mac friendly. Bad customer support.
This product does not work on my G4 Mac. I heard from more than one source, including Netgear, that it would - but that's not the case. It is correctly installed. I spent a half hour on the phone with Netgear - one guy assured me that it would work on a Mac and gave me their web address where I could download a driver that would solve my connectivity problem. But the drivers at this address are all PC. I called back and the next fellow said that they made no products for Mac and that no drivers were available and questioned my truthfullness that one of their employees would have told me this. In addition to this insult they were very unhelpful - trying to get me to go to third party websites for drivers and then later admitting that none existed. I'm unhappy with my purchase. I was not allowed to return or exchange the product....more info
- Works Great With Newer 2009 Realtek Driver
I bought 9 of these cards at auction. All have been installed on XP machines. I only had one recent problem. My home XP computer could not log into my DGL-4100 router with the factory 2003 driver. I downloaded the latest driver and diagnostic utility from the Realtek website today and presto...I can now log into my router. Thanks to all previous posters. This issue has been nagging me for months.
P.S. The new drivers say they support Win 2000 and Server 2003.
- Doesn't come with low profile bracket for your Dell Optiplex
Enough said - Netgear can't add 5 cents to the their cost to provide a low profile bracket? Every other major 10/100/1000 brand includes it....more info